Finding cheap airfares is easy to do if you follow some basic guidelines and use the best travel sites. HomeAway offers more than two million rental lodgings in 190 countries, with more than a million worldwide listings across its family of sites (including VRBO and ). There’s also Airbnb with more than three million vacation rental listings in 191 countries.
Couchsurfing connects a community of travelers with a community of local hosts at any given destination, which means not only will you have a place to crash when you travel, but you’ll meet interesting locals who may be able to offer additional guidance and suggestions for your trip.
Its Express Deals can save you quite a bit on flights, if you’re willing to book without knowing all the details (like exact flight time and airline) and Priceline has one of the better cancellation policies, allowing you to cancel or change your flight for free until 11:59 PM ET the next business day on many flights.
Keep an eagle eye out for resort fees; many of the best vacation booking sites don’t count them in their initial per-person price estimate because they’re collected separately by the hotel, but they can add a significant amount to the final cost of your trip.
If you find yourself faced with a pricey fee after cancelling a hotel room , you may be able to recoup some of your losses by posting your reservation for sale on a site such as Roomer or Cancelon You’ll set your own price, at least 20% below what you originally paid, and the sites will take a 10% to 15% cut of your sale price.